UPDATE: 9:16 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18
The names of those arrested on federal warrants have been released. Teri Lynn Decota, James Frederick Shelifoe, Barbara Ann Loonsfoot, Cindy Lou Knapp and Clifford Keith Durant, Jr. were all arraigned in federal court Wednesday. They were arraigned on five separate indictments.
Only Durant is being held in the Marquette County Jail. The other four have bonded out.
The subjects arrested on state warrants bonded out and won’t be arraigned until January 6th.
UPDATE: 6:21 p.m.
The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says 17 people have been arrested in all on federal, state and tribal warrants. The warrants include a total of 48 counts related to the sale and distribution of narcotics in Baraga County.
UPSET says the arrests are the result of a year-long joint investigation with the FBI’s Upper Peninsula Safe Trails Task Force and an agent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The names of the suspects are being withheld until after they’re arraigned, and UPSET says the investigation is ongoing.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police, the Baraga Police, the Baraga County Sheriff’s Department, the L’Anse Police, the Michigan State Police, the DEA, U.S. Marshals, Border Patrol agents and Homeland Security Investigations agents have assisted with the investigations and arrests.
BARAGA COUNTY — More than a dozen people have been arrested in Baraga County in a large drug bust.
The Baraga County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to ABC 10 that a drug bust happened, but it could not release any details about the incident, including where or when the bust took place.
The Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton is reporting that 15 people were arrested in five different locations. The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.
ABC 10 will continue to update the story as more information is available.